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News Nearby: Woman Killed on Northern State Parkway

Also, a fire on Griffen Court in Miller Place and a debate over intersection proposal on Nicolls Road.

Fire Rages at Home on Griffen Court in Miller Place

A fire broke out at a home on Griffen Court in Miller Place Saturday night; there were no injuries. The Miller Place Fire Department was called to the scene at 7:10 p.m., according to Chief Kyle Markott. Markott was first to respond and said he found heavy flames blowing out of the garage area of the house.

"It was quickly determined that there were no occupants in the house," he said. "MPFD Engine 7 put three hose lines into operation to work on the fire and MPFD Ladder 4 was put into operation to contain the fire."

Woman Killed on Northern State Parkway in Commack

A woman walking on the Northern State Parkway in Commack Wednesday morning was struck by a car and killed, according to New York State Police.
The accident, which occurred at 6:12 a.m. took place near Deer Park Road between Exits 42 and 43 on the westbound roadway. The road was closed for about four hours as police investigated the incident.

Hauppauge Man Dies After Hitting Garbage Truck in St. James

A Hauppauge driver was killed Wednesday morning in a St. James accident.

According to Suffolk County Police, Jaime Rodriguez, 25, of Hauppauge, crossed into the westbound lanes while driving eastbound on Route 25 near Huber Place in a 2002 Jeep Grand Cherokee when he collided with a 2004 Mack garbage truck. The accident occurred at roughly 2 a.m.

A small group of local residents and commuters on Monday questioned Suffolk County's plans to reconfigure the intersection of Nicolls Road and Hawkins Road in South Setauket as part of a $4 million project to enhance safety and traffic flow on one of the county's busiest roadways.

At an informational meeting on Monday night at Suffolk Community College, the heart of the debate focused on a proposal to eliminate drivers' ability to cross eastbound through the intersection of Hawkins Road over Nicolls Road or make a left hand turn there. Some said drivers would be forced to drive out of their way to the closest other intersection at Mark Tree Road in order to head north on Nicolls Road.

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